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 Robert Beauchamp  (1923 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts/Colorado      Known for: Abstract figure, still life and animal painting

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Biography from David Findlay Jr. Gallery:
Beauchamp was one of the first and more prominent Figurative Expressionist painters to appear in the American art world in the late 1950’s.  His work was bold, inventive, and at times eccentric and wildly humorous.  He was greatly admired by his peers: including artists, critics and curators.  He was one of those rare individuals who went his own way and developed his own vision without compromise.  His output, which was extensive, included not only oil paintings on canvas, but also oversized drawings and large oil-stick paintings on paper.

His early works depicted romantic and somewhat enigmatic fantasies.  Later Beauchamp developed a more existential expression in which seemingly unrelated objects, animals and people, were combined in a dynamic tapestry.  As he matured, the human condition, with all its expectations, fears, and ironic confusions, became his focus.  Beyond the subject, however, there was always the very nature of paint itself, which he used as an emotional experience much as the Abstract Expressionists did.  The Beauchamp trademark was his masterful control of the medium.  The texture of the paintings, infused with his inexhaustible energy, became just as important as his bold compositions and his powerful colors.

Beauchamp was an active participant in the New York art scene, exhibiting extensively throughout his career.  During his lifetime he had 54 one-man exhibitions and participated in numerous invitational group shows.  He first showed in a group exhibition at the Tanager Gallery, on Tenth Street in New York City in 1955, then at the Hansa Gallery and the Green Gallery downtown.  In the late 1960’s he was represented at the Graham Gallery, and then at Monique Knowlton in the 1980’s and 90’s. The Whitney Museum included Beauchamp in six of their Annual Invitationals, and the Guggenheim Museum included him in their “Ten Independents” exhibit.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The National Gallery, Washington, DC
The Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA
University of California at Berkeley, CA
American Federation of Arts, Museum Purchase Fund, New York, NY
Herbert f. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NYHuntington NY
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Lamar Dodd Museum, La Grange, GA
Tucson University Museum, Tucson, AZ
The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
The Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA
Cape Fine Arts Museum, Dennis, MA
University of Nebraska, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, NA
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Beauchamp was the recipient of numerous awards including the Fullbright Fellowship, two National Endowment Grants, the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the Judith Rothschild Foundation Grant, which was given posthumously.

Biography from RoGallery.com:
Robert Beauchamp (he pronounced his name like the gum, "Beecham"), was born in 1923 in Denver, Colorado.  He studied art with Boardman Robinson at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.  He served three years in the Navy during World War II and then enrolled in the Cranbrook Academy.  Soon after, he studied with Hans Hofmann, a highly influential teacher of modern art.  His work with Hans Hofmann lasted three years in both Provincetown, Massachusetts and in Manhattan.

Beauchamp's first exhibit was at the Tanager Gallery in New York, followed by shows at the Walker Art Center, Moniqure Knowlton, Graham Gallery, Long Point Gallery, M-13, The Sun Gallery, East End Gallery, Long Point Gallery, and in many other exhibits.

ROBERT BEAUCHAMP's work is in numerous museum collections as well as the collections of Estee Lauder and Dow Jones.

* IMPORTANT GROUP EXHIBITIONS "Ten Independents", Guggenheim Museum, New York
* Institute of International Education, Artists Abroad
* Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
* Museum of Modern Art, New York
* Carnegie International, Carnegie Inst., Pittsburgh
* Walker Art Inst., Minneapolis

* AWARDS Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1974
* Boskot Foundation Grant, 1970
* National Foundation ot Arts Grant, 1966
* Gutman Foundation Grant, 1961
* Fulbright Grant for Painting, Rome, 1959

* SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Arts Magazine, Oct. 1969
* Art News, Oct.1969, April 1966
* Show Magazine, June 1962
* Time Magazine, May 25, 1962

* TEACHING POSITIONS Teaching-School of Visual Arts, New York
* Teaching-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
* Guest Artist-Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
* Guest Artist-Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
* Teaching-Cooper Union Art School, New York

* GUEST ARTIST Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison
* University of California at San Diego

* COLLECTIONS Hirshorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
* Museum of Modern Art, New York
* Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
* Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
* Denver Museum of Art, Denver
* Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Conn.
* University of Mass. at Amherst
* University of California
* The Amer. Federation of Arts Purchase Fund
* University of Texas
* Mr. Walter P. Chrysler
* Mr. Walter K. Gutman
* Mr. Richard Brown Baker
* Mr. Jack Poses
* Mr. Joseph H. Hirshorn
* Mr. Leo Casfelli
* Mr. Robert Scull
* Mr. Lawrence Shainberg
* Mr. Maximillian Schell
* Ms. Joan Baer

Biography from ACME Fine Art:
Robert Beauchamp
1923-1995

Education:
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, with Boardman Robinson
Cranbrook Art Academy
University of Denver
Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, New York and Provincetown

Teaching Positions:
University of Wisconsin at Madison, visiting artist
Cooper Union
University of Louisiana, visiting artist
Brooklyn College
School of Visual Arts, New York
University of California at San Diego, visiting artist
University of Ohio, visiting artist
Syracuse University, visiting artist
University of Arizona, visiting artist
University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd Chair

Awards and Fellowships:
Fulbright Grant, 1959
Walter Gutman Foundation Grant, 1961
National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1966
Boskoff Foundation Grant, 1970
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1974

Exhibitions:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Utah Museum of Art, 1967
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1972
University of South Florida, 1974
Museum of Modern Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Chrysler Museum
Denver Art museum
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Carnegie institute
Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Lamar Dodd Museum
Exhibitions Continued:
Everson Museum, Syracuse
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art
Museum of Modern Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Metropolitan Museum of Art
National Gallery of Art
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art
University of Texas, Austin
Denver Museum of Art
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of California, Berkeley
Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University
Everson Museum, Syracuse
University of Georgia, Athens
Lamar Dodd Museum
Tuscon University Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah
Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond


Biography from The Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia:
Robert Beauchamp was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1923.  His highschool teacher, R. Idris Thomas, who facilitated his winning a scholarship to the Colorado Springs Arts Center, nurtured his childhood interest in art.  There Beauchamp studied with Boardman Robinson.

After serving in the Navy and traveling around the world for four years during World War II, he returned to complete his studies at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In 1947, Beauchamp went on to study painting and sculpture at the Cranbrook Art Academy in Michigan where, after taking academic classes at the University of Denver, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  After viewing a traveling exhibition of artwork by students of the Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hoffmann, Beauchamp was inspired to study with Hoffmann at his school in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He then moved to New York City where he continued his studies with Hoffman and met other Abstract Expressionists.

He frequented the Cedar Bar and "The Club," and became an active member of the New York School, with whom he exhibited his work.  Hofmann instilled in Beauchamp the notion that painting is a process of revelation through the expressive manipulation of color on a canvas.  For Beauchamp this technique provided the means to explore the subject of emotional and psychological emancipation.  In this manner he developed his own, idiosyncratic approach to Abstract Expressionism where his free and loose brushwork describes human and animal forms in a surrealistic and sometimes disturbing expression.

Beauchamp's work was initially exhibited at the Tanager Gallery on New York's 10th Street, but in subsequent years he was represented by a number of New York dealers, including Zabriskie, Martha Jackson, Graham and Dintinfass galleries.  His work was also exhibited in five Biennial exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, as well as in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Beauchamp was awarded a Fulbright travel grant to paint in Florence and Rome in 1959. In later years, he was awarded a Pollock/Krasner Grant from the Walter Gutmann Foundation, the Boskoff Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.  Like many of his colleagues, Beauchamp exemplified an emerging group of artist-teachers who taught at various schools and Universities around the US.  He was on the faculty of the School of the Visual Arts, Cooper Union and Brooklyn College in New York, and served as visiting artist at the University of Louisiana, the University of Ohio, Syracuse University, the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California at San Diego and the University of Arizona.

In 1980 Beauchamp was appointed the Lamar Dodd Chair at the University of Georgia where he taught for three years while exhibiting his work at Atlanta's Fay Gold Gallery.  He returned to live and work in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1984.

His work was exhibited at several New York and Provincetown galleries until he died in 1995.  In addition to the Columbus Museum, examples of Beauchamp's work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Hirshhorn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Carnegie Institute, and the National Gallery of Art. staff, Columbus Museum

Biography from Boca Raton Museum of Art:
Robert Beauchamp (American born Colorado 1923-1995)

As a pupil of Hans Hofmann, Robert Beauchamp has absorbed the almost ecstatic regard for the interplay of pigment and brush which was the central method of Hofmann's teaching.  Further, he has also absorbed the dictum that painting is much more than such interplay, it is in effect a process of revelation.

It is not unfair to say that for most of Hofmann's many students the emphasis on the simple act of painting, with a total freedom of impulse assigned to pigment, color, and brushwork was enough, but for some few, Robert Beauchamp among them, this freedom provided the license for an emotional and psychological freedom as well.

In Beauchamp's work, which has remained stubbornly individualistic throughout the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, there has always been, in addition to a surging field of color and brushwork, a company of human and animal forms that animate a world of dreamlike, even nightmarish reality. His work is, in effect, a kind of surrealist expressionism.

His awards include the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, The Boskot Foundation Grant, The National Foundation of Arts Grant, The Gutman Foundation Grant and The Fulbright Grant for Painting, Rome.

Information provided by The Boca Raton Museum of Art
Catalina Torres (Intern)

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